The tallboy speakers take a bit of assembly, but it’s all self-explanatory. Once you’ve connected all the speakers using the supplied cables – which again is a simple procedure – then you’re ready to play with the settings. LG’s onscreen menus are beautifully designed, using friendly pastel shades and cartoony graphics, which makes everything easy to find. The setup menu is logical and responsive too.
But when it comes to DLNA setup, there’s a sticking point – when trying to connect to our Windows 7 PC, it kept insisting on taking us to a CIFS sign in screen, which we couldn’t access no matter what combination of User ID and password we entered. This is bound to confuse and frustrate unacquainted users – indeed there are several online forum posts about the issue – which completely defeats the object. We’ve tested many DLNA products that connect instantly without this faffing around. You can install the supplied Nero software to stream without CIFS but that makes it more hassle than it should be.
However, the terrific onscreen presentation continues when using the Premium online content menu. The icons for the apps are superimposed over a graphic of a street, which is a nice touch. And the LG Apps menu is designed to look like rows of shop shelves. It’s all very attractive, but never at the expense of responsiveness. We also like the straightforward music and video menus, which made it reasonably simple to find albums or tracks when we finally managed to get media streaming working, although if you’ve got a massive collection like me then it takes a while to browse.
There’s no automatic calibration, but it’s easy to set the individual speaker levels. It’s all carried out by pressing the Speaker Level button on the remote, which shows a menu with sliders for each channel. Other sound settings, such as the presets, can be toggled through using the dedicated button on the remote. And while we’re on the subject, LG deserves plaudits for this zapper, which allows for intuitive navigation with its large buttons, clear labelling and thoughtful, spacious layout.